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Coronavirus: Brussels orders Pubs and cafés to Shut for a month amid COVID-19 surge

Bars and cafés at Brussels were on Wednesday arranged to close for a month because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The regional authorities stated in a statement the broader Brussels area now has a 14-day incidence rate of 502.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants — over twice the national speed of 232.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Young men and women continue to account for the vast majority of ailments but an increase of cases among elderly individuals has also been observed.

This has caused a rise in hospital admissions with 15 percent of intensive care beds currently occupied, increasing to 25 percent in just two hospitals, the announcement added.

“This puts great strain on healthcare employees and jeopardizes maintenance for different patients,” it stated.

Any regions selling beverages are ordered to close, even people who don’t sell alcohol. Sports clubs, whether amateur or professional, must also shut their refreshment stall and the people are currently banned from seeing amateur games inside.

Brussels’ latest constraints come a day after the national government tightened measures nationally, ordering pubs and cafés to close no later than 11 pm and prohibiting parties at home or out of over 4 million individuals.

Over 10,000 individuals are known to have died from COVID-19 because of the start of the outbreak in Belgium, and also a further 134,197 happen to be infected.